It Was a Union for the Ages, Until Suddenly It Wasn’t. Is Europe Lost?

By showing that European integration can be reversed, Brexit makes the unthinkable thinkable. But that's not the only danger.

The U.K.’s vote to quit the European Union is the enterprise’s worst setback since it was conceived in the 1950s. Until now, the EU has always grown in scale and ambition. For the first time, Brexit shows that Europe’s manifest destiny—ever closer union—may not be destiny after all.

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